• Sustainability


We have a culture of collaboration, believing strongly in the power of partnerships. We work with global organisations and institutions on how we can improve the quality of life.

World Economic Forum

Arcadis is a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF), an organisation made-up of the world’s biggest and most influential companies. 

Our passion “To improve the quality of life and be recognized as the best” aligns perfectly with WEF’s mission is to “Improve the state of the world through public-private cooperation”. We are active in many of the areas highlighted by WEF in pursuit of their mission. 

World Business Council for Sustainable Development 

We are active members of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Together with its members, the WBCSD applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action. The WBCSD is made up of 192 global firms and acts as the voice of business in several bodies (e.g. UN Climate Summit, Sustainability Development Goals).We are involved in the following work streams:

• Water Cluster 

• Zero Emission Cities Sector Project 

• Energy Efficiency in Buildings

• Ecosystem & Landscape Management Cluster 

• Redefining Value Cross Cutting Project / Natural Capital Protocol 

As part of the Low Carbon Technology Partnership Initiative announced in Paris during the COP21 summit, Arcadis was one of eleven leading companies from the buildings sector to step up to lead action with the aim of reducing the projected energy use in buildings by 50% by 2030. In addition to Arcadis, participants of the program were AkzoNobel, ENGIE, Infosys, LafargeHolcim, Rexel, Schneider Electric, SGS, Siemens, Skanska and United Technologies. Part of WBCSD's Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi), the program will bring together stakeholders in local markets to develop a common understanding of market barriers to energy efficiency in buildings and initiate actions to tackle them.

Natural Capital Coalition

The Natural Capital Coalition (NCC) is a global platform which brings together the many different initiatives and organizations working in natural capital under a common vision. 

The Coalition’s activities focus on global stakeholder engagement, focused research and development of methods for natural capital accounting. The Coalition’s founding members have pioneered much of the science and business case for natural capital valuation and accounting, providing a credible platform to take the business application of this forward. 

We are an active member of the Natural Capital Coalition providing IP, resources and practical support recognizing the value incorporating natural capital in business decisions can bring. 

We support the overall vision of the Natural Capital Protocol (NCP) to transform the way business operates through understanding and incorporating their impacts and dependencies on natural capital. 

UN Global Compact

We have been a signatory of the UN Global Compact since 2009 and are committed to both its objectives as well as the ten universal principles regarding human rights, labor standards, environmental stewardship, and anticorruption. Our values, mission, and strategy are fully aligned with the UNGC principles, and our signing of these principles reflects our ambition to be a sustainability leader. The way in which we support ad enact these principles are included in our Annual Report.

We are committed to making the UNGC and its principles part of the day-to-day operations of our company.

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